No. 1 Recruit Visiting UNC Next Month

FORT MYERS, Fla. --- Jaylen Brown, the nation’s top-ranked player in the 2015 class, has his list down to seven schools. He’s visited five of the schools on the list and is looking to visit the other two soon.

Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA have already received official visits. In-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech have been unofficial hosts.

“I can’t remember the date right now,” Brown said. “January something. But I’m going to go to Michigan and North Carolina. I’m definitely taking a visit to those two schools.”

According to a source close to the situation, the plan is for Brown to visit North Carolina the weekend of Jan.10, when UNC hosts Louisville for a big ACC showdown.

North Carolina began recruiting Brown in early October. Roy Williams has since visited him at Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, conducted an in-home visit and flew straight from UNC’s win over Ohio State in Chicago to be courtside for his game Saturday night at the City of Palms Classic. Brown posted 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals in the win over a strong Paul VI (Va.) squad.

“It’s not about who’s been recruiting me the longest, it’s about the best fit and who I feel the most comfortable with,” Brown reiterated.

The in-home with North Carolina was on Nov. 9 and Brown said he left that meeting with a positive view of Williams.

“It was good,” Brown said. “Roy is a down to earth, real cool and mellow guy. He’s hilarious actually. He’s a really funny guy once you get to know him. Coach Roy is a real cool guy.”

Brown, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward, was excited to hear from the Tar Heels this past fall, as they’ve been his favorite team.

“I grew up a UNC fan,” Brown said. “I always loved the Tar Heels growing up. I remember watching Tyler Hansbrough’s team, Ty Lawson and Danny Green. They had a stacked team. I fell in love watching that team. Ever since I’ve always liked them. As you get older things change, of course -- it’s not about who you like growing up, it’s about what fits you. But growing up I was always a Tar Heel fan.”

Brown said the only three head coaches to show up for games so far this season are Roy Williams, Mark Fox (UGa.) and Brian Gregory (GT).

While he’s in the season, Brown said he’s trying to maintain the relationships he’s built with the coaches recruiting him and look to make a decision sometime after his senior season.

‘Right now I’m just trying to keep the relationship I have with each coach,” he said. “I probably will be making my decision when the season is over with or maybe I might wait until the NBA deadline. I don’t know though. After the season I’ll know when I want to make my decision, but I don’t know. After the season I’ll know when I’m going to be ready.”

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